So leave it to Google
, which made Ajax a hit, to provide developers with a simpler way to create Ajax applications. The Google Web Toolkit (GWT) released this week is a framework that converts a standard Java application into Ajax that will work in all browsers.
GWT works with any standard Java IDE
The main benefit, then, of GWT is being able to produce Ajax applications that support all browsers quickly and writing it in a professional Java IDE. “The benefit of having all those platform and browser quirks covered in a single point of entry that you run your app through is extremely powerful,” said Taylor.
Wall said many people look to Google as an Ajax community leader because of its success with Maps, Calendar and Gmail, so anything they do will warrant a lot of attention and hopefully encourage more Ajax development.
GWT still needs some fixing, Taylor said, first and foremost on the list being native Mac OS X support for development. Opera support could be tuned up and there needs to be better support for drag and drop development, all of which will come in future versions, he said.